30 Dec 2005
I respect ESPN's decision to hire George Solomon to act as an ombudsman, critiquing the entire organization as he sees fit. Among the criticisms in Solomon's most recent column:
Steve Young's comments about Chris Simms were "An example of a commentator talking without knowing what he was talking about."
Michael Irvin's problem "is he still believes he's an athlete/celebrity."
"Suzy Kolber does an excellent job as a reporter for ESPN and as a TV pitch person for Chevrolet. I just wish she would choose one of the two jobs."
The "Jacked Up" segment is "borderline" glorification of violence.
And, my personal favorite, "Some viewers wondered whether Sunday Night Football commentators Mike Patrick and Paul Maguire had done sufficient homework in the area of urban planning and rebuilding of devastated cities before their Nov. 27 discussion on the future of New Orleans as a community and NFL franchise." I would add only that some viewers also wonder whether Patrick and Maguire have done sufficient homework in the area of professional football.
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